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Transition Pitfall #10: Falling for the “Time on your hands” Factor

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

Transition Pitfall #10: Falling for the “Time on your hands” Factor

Remember when telling someone the phrase “You’ve got time on your hands” had only a mild, amusing meaning? Now they’re fighting words. We take it as an insult. We fear being perceived as unproductive. Sometimes, even when a transition offers the time to rest and reflect, we rush through the process and make poor decisions or no decisions and get to the other side thoughtlessly. One client had a husband whose approach to company coming was to take the clutter and shove it in corners and...

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Transition Pitfall #9: The Gollum Effect

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

Transition Pitfall #9: The Gollum Effect

Most of us know Gollum from Lord of the Rings. He held onto something he considered precious, even to his own peril. The inability to release an object or objects can be self-defeating. One client, Cynthia, had a goal of simplifying her life. She recognized the need to set up systems in her mostly system-free home. Her house was small and stuff was everywhere. Getting herself and two young daughters out the door was a terrible struggle. She had three cabinets in her living and dining area...

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Transition Pitfall #8: Waiting for Perfect

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

Transition Pitfall #8: Waiting for Perfect

I’ll use myself as an example for this one. At first, I avoided giving speeches due to the sheer fear of it. I didn’t want to go through it and I was content in my cowardice. But then, once I decided I wanted to change, I still put it off because I never believed I could be a great speaker. I thought I needed to join Toastmasters or get private lessons. I looked into lessons, but then it occurred to me that it was ok to give an average speech. I can write…I can read…that’ll do. It...

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Transition Pitfall #7: The Delegating Dilemma

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

Transition Pitfall #7: The Delegating Dilemma

One client, Julie, had taken great pride in the do-it-all reputation she acquired. She believed if she never stopped moving she’d get to achieve all of her goals. But the stress was taking its toll on her home life and marriage, and her health. She resisted delegating and hiring the help. Julie needed to balance her priorities with her finances and learn to do less, hire and delegate more, and also lower the bar a tad. TLC Home can help you sort through your responsibilities to find which...

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Transition Pitfall #5: Excuses, Excuses

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Clutter Removal, Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

Transition Pitfall #5: Excuses, Excuses

On one of my earliest assessments, when I was still in a stage where I could be surprised by what I saw, I walked in to one of the hottest messes I had ever seen. Kelly told me that she moved into the house just two weeks before her second child was born. Soon after that, her husband got a job that kept him away much of the time. Well, those are both very difficult changes, but at the time of the assessment her youngest was three years old. If she had taken action 2 years earlier and not...

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Transition Pitfall #6: Driving without Rest Stops

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Terry's Blog, Uncategorized |

CANI (can I?) stands for Constant And Never-ending Improvement. That is so me, it should be my vanity tag. I consider CANI a good thing. It’s satisfying, even exciting, to strive to do better. But what you have to watch out for is Constant And Never-ending Transition or CANT. Notice how that spells can’t? Sometimes it feels we like we are constantly transitioning. But if you truly are, then you are in a Constant And Never-ending State Of Stress or CAN-S.O.S. Another way to think of this is...

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